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The Twelve Days of Botany!

On the twittersphere and globally it is no secret that Dr M has been planning something a bit special for this Christmas.

Together with his MSc students and colleagues at the University of Reading as well as in the BSBI and globally, as far as the botanical island of Guernsey and beyond, this planning has been all-consuming!

It has been a little while in gestation but at last Dr M is proud to reveal the birth of “The Twelve Days of Dr M” a botanical Christmas number 1 if ever there was one (and there usually isn’t).

Dr M’s dead certain Christmas hit is an eXtreme botanical twist on an old favourite with brand new botanical lyrics lovingly crafted by a raft, nay a veritable host, of botanists the world over.

This extraordinary achievement would not have been possible without the help and dedication of the global botanical community – we are all #iamabotanist after all!

Dr M would especially like to acknowledge the support of his academic and twitterological colleagues @RNGHerb and and @BSBIbotany and the mysterious botanical newcomers @BadassBotanists for their generous and unstinting support and assistance in the production of this work which, by popular consensus, will surely and shortly be hailed as a work of musical and botanical art, if not eXtreme botanical genius. Dr M is nothing if not modest.

OK without further ado, by popular demand etc etc etc, here it is, go for it and be unstinting in your praise and adoration!



  • Lesley

    Fantastic! “Enjoyed” it very much!
    Happy Christmas Dr M
    Lesley 🙂

    • DrM

      Lesley, glad you liked it, was fun getting students and others composing it and giving first performance in the VSA lab on last day of term! Dr M

  • Cindy Scribner

    Thank you for being a voice of enthusiasm for the plant world! As a teacher of gifted education (elementary), I have been shocked at my students’ lack of knowledge about very basic field identification specimens. We need what you do!

    And – thanks too for the very creative rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas”. I enjoyed it!

    • DrM

      Cindy, yes unadulterated botanical enthusiasms here always! Indeed our youngsters and many others remain blind to plants but keep on keeping on, there are always converts to be found along the way, and its so worth it! Dr M

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